Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday July 22, 2010
“We got going on that restart, [he] knocked me out of the way, and I thought, I don’t care if I win this race or not; I don’t care if I finish this damn thing, I’m running into him and getting by one way or another,” Carl Edwards said after winning the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 last Saturday.
Oh, wait…my bad…wrong guy! Carl Edwards did not say that. Whoever it was, though, it sure sounds like they have nothing but intent to wreck the other guy, doesn’t it?
Hold on; I remember now. It was four-time (consecutive) champ, Jimmie Johnson! Had he lost his mind? I remember him saying he was so mad, he was going to wreck Kurt Busch after Busch nudged him to grab the lead at New Hampshire, and that was just a couple of weeks ago! Wow, Johnson must have been suffering from ‘roid rage if he, Mr. Vanilla, was going to purposely wreck someone for a simple bump and run!
So what is the difference, you ask, between Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards?
That answer is: plenty. Johnson had several more laps to go to try and catch Busch. He also had a crew chief telling him to calm down and “just hit your marks” to help him catch Busch. Edwards had no such luxury.
The thing about last Saturday night’s race is simple. It was simply a matter of time. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski had raced each other CLEANLY for 199 laps, with one exception (for which Keselowski apologized on the radio), and, of course, the final lap. There was no more time. There were no more laps. As Carl said, “I did what I had to do to win the race.”
I was stationed on the photographer’s scaffold just inside turn 2 all night long, and it was my observation early on that Keselowski was better than Edwards in 1 and 2. Brad could keep his car glued to the white line, and he did, the entire race.
Edwards, on the other hand, could keep it down there with fresher tires, but as the tires wore, it caused him to run just a bit higher. One ace up Carl’s sleeve was his straightaway speed, which was better than Keselowski’s, as well as Kevin Harvick, who was a major player most of the night.
Now, having said all that, I want to point out a thing or two for those in the media (most of my colleagues on this site) and the fans, who claim that Brad “just did a bump and run” or “he went in too hard and slid up” or “he just rubbed him a bit.” First and foremost, I say to all of you, BS!
As I write this paragraph, I pause once again, to watch the replay… yep, it is still the same! And you can watch it too on this fine posting on YouTube. Now, if you watch that video, and have one ounce of honesty in you, you can see a couple of things, starting at about 10 seconds into it. First of all, Keselowski is a full two and a half, if not three, lanes high in the turn. Secondly, (and this is where the honesty comes in) Keselowski turned RIGHT, into Carl’s left quarter, just as much as Carl hooked Brad on the other side coming out of turn 4. This move is further evidenced by the fact that you can see Brad correct back to the left!
So I don’t care what anyone says; Brad tried just as hard to wreck Carl in Turns 1 and 2 as Carl did coming down the stretch. The only problem was, much to Brad’s dismay and surprise I’m sure, was that Carl managed to save it.
Now, I ask you, had Brad managed to complete what he set out to do, would the resulting pileup been any less horrific? Would you then be calling for Keselowski’s head on a platter? I know for sure you wouldn’t have seen Carl’s dad on TV sniveling about how Brad “tried to kill my son!”
Now here is where it gets real interesting.
NASCAR itself did not want to levy ANY penalties against anyone! Apparently, they saw the replay without the clouded vision of my colleagues and a legion of whiny fans, taking the video of the action at face value. But… as with most things NASCAR nowadays, once the fans started whining, they felt they had to do something. So after a few days of peer pressure, the sport buckled, authorizing a penalty we barely see on the circuit. What amazes me most, though, is the fact that the consequences they did render fit the so called “crime” perfectly!
The penalty takes away 60 points from Carl, which is what he gained on Brad, probation, and a small fine. The beauty of it all, though, is they put Brad on probation, too! So, in essence, NASCAR has deemed that the whole thing basically didn’t happen, and at the same time, attempted to get the whiners to shut up! Way to go, NASCAR! You guys actually got this one right… as best as wishy washy fence sitters with no gonads can do.
Ironically, all the whiners who have called for Carl’s head are also mostly those who complain that, since its repaving, Bristol just isn’t Bristol any more, simply because they don’t need to wreck each other to pass! And you call Carl and Carl fans hypocrites?
Bottom line is, neither driver deserved anything more than what was done on the track; but if they had to be punished – the punishment was perfect!
One more parting shot before I go… WTF is up with “the whiny racing parent” being broadcast on TV? I understand their emotion, happy or sad, but they have no place on network TV. This is a big boy sport, let the boys fight their own battles! Parents always end up looking silly trying to fight for their kids!
That’s how I see it, so bring it on! I promise not to have my Dad respond to your misguided hate mail!
Stay off the wall (but never be ashamed to use it if you have to!),
©2000 - 2008 Jeff Meyer and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
The new THREE STOOGES
If these three can not tell the difference between Rubbin and Wreckin they deserve each other.
I will agree that Brad intentionally got into Carl, but Jeff if you believe Brad could not have wrecked Carl you are an IDIOT.
Jeff you do not need to tell me if I do not like your columns not to read them after this week and the end of todays post. I will no longer be reading you or “Mr Thomas Bowles” or watching nascar. And I also will start doing the many things on my TO DUE list with the 5-10 hours that nascar has freed up for me.
I want to thank all three of you for freeing up all of this time.
THANK YOU JEFF
THANK YOU THOMAS
THANK YOU NASCAR
We’ve all watched the replays over and over. If you think Brad’s contact with the 60 justified Carl’s turning Brad hard into the wall on the straightaway and in front of the field, you need to be covering WWE and not Nascar.
Only one thing worse than we whiny fans, a fanboy writer.
LOL Oh! A wise guy, eh?
I can’t speak for the other two but, wcfan, you’re welcome!
Brad turned right? Duhhh…he was in the process of wrecking from going into the corner too hard. Have you ever spun on snow or ice? then you know you crank the wheel both ways to regain control. Idiot.
Thank you for finally calling out the whiners.
You’re right…this was NASCAR’s way of shutting them up without really penalizing Edwards.
And I agree that if you actually watch the replays, you see a different story. Especially if you note that Keselowski got back on the gas after hitting the outside wall, causing his car-destroying inside wall crashes.
Right on Carl D.!! I am not a Brad K. fan at all, but in the words of Denny Hamlin, what Carl did was “dirty, just dirty”. I was never a Carl E. fan either, but I have lost a lot of respect for him. This is not the first time he has been overly aggressive and what made it worse is that Carl felt the need to brag about the whole thing and then had the nerve to do a backflip in Victory Circle like he was saying “F*** Y**” to everyone. That was just in poor taste and completely classless. The fact that Carl thinks he needs to go to such lengths to get a win (since he can’t seem to win in the Cup series these days)just proves how desperate he is. But, as I always say, what goes around, comes around, so Carl should probably watch his back.
NASCAR got it right. You can’t win the championship by deliberately wiping out your opponent. Reset the points. The wreck never happened. Carl gets a fine and probation to discourage bad behavior. Brad gets probation to note his complicity. I like it. Go Biffle!
I actually suspect Brad’s probation is to keep him from retaliating.
And the prize for the biggest whiner goes to …Jeff Meyer.
I’ll bet i can guess why you were stationed on the photogs platform . You were the guy getting coffee and doughnuts .
I SEEM TO BE ODD MAN OUT A LOT LATELY.GUESS IT IS BECAUSE I’M A CARL FAN AND A FAN OF YOURS, WHICH ISN’T GOOD ACCORDING TO SEVERAL OF THE LETTERS YOU RECEIVED TO DAY.MY HUSBAND AND I WERE SO GLAD YOUR EYES SAW THE SAME THING WE DID IN THE RACE LAST WEEKEND. AS FAR AS THOSE LEAVING. FINE.THEY WEREN’T REAL NASCAR FAN S ANYWAY!KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
good job Jeff.
My question is this, where was all this moral outrage last month when Jeff Gordon intentially wrecked 5 or 6 guys at Sonoma? The only ones upset then were those 5 or 6 drivers (esp Truex)
No more Jeff Myers for me. He likes people who have no regard for other racers or teams who have to fix wrecked cars. I suppose Jeff also defended Carl for sending Brad airborne? I was not a whiner. I was fighting mad!!
For all those he think what Carl done was racing you can have it. But I Guarantee this product will not last another 60 years.
I would like to see Carl try this with Curtis Turner, Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Cale, Tim Ricmond, or DALE SR.
I can not believe the number of “fans” defending Carl. How can anyone say he did not cross the line Sat.? We can debate if Brad deserved it or if nascar should be the one punishing Carl. But to intentionally spin someone at those speeds in front of the whole field is not racing in my book. I have followed racing and nascar for over 30 years and have to say it will be hard giving it up. But this is DAMN SURE not my nascar.
Let me say I do not like to see anyone intentionally DUMP someone. I like “good hard rubbin is racin” racing and understand at times people will wreck. I don’t care if it is Gordon, Johnson, Dale Sr.(He was my Driver) or anyone else intentionally wrecking someone is WRONG. These are “suppost” to be the best drivers they should not have to intentionally wreck someone to beat him.
Just a thought on the issue of Keselowski “running the white line” on all the laps except the last. I didn’t watch the race, but in the video of the last lap, Keselowski appears to “diamond” his line in both sets of corners. If that’s the case, then his “turn” into Edwards in Turn 1 may not be as intentional as some would think…
You shouldn’t have to run into someone to pass them
I agree with pepper
You go Jeff!! You know, all these bleeding heart liberal cry babies whose average time as a nascrap fan is maybe 7 years, sure seem to know what the drivers are thinking and doing all the time. Frankly, I am sick of hearing them cry. But that is what they have done all their lives, run home to mommie!! He hit me!!…just make me sick!! Jeff nice comparison to JJ! You sir are dead on!! Keep writing what you see Jeff, for these excuses for men will attempt to censor you too for disagreeing with them! They are always right, just ask them!!
I did not get to see Sears Point, so I did not comment on Jeff’s(never been a fan) wild ride, but I believe he got somewhat of a pass because he does not have a history of INTENTIONALLY wrecking people.
To be honest I love the “Bump and Run” only when its My Driver is doing the “Bumping and Running”
I said nothing about censoring, Jeff can write anything he wants as long as fans like YOU continue to read him.
I have followed this sport for over 30 years and can not believe Long Time Fans agree with what Carl did was racing, Like I said above we can debate if Brad deserved it or if nascar should we the one handing out the punishment.
But I believe 20+ years ago this would have already been settled in the garage area with someone probably on there way to the hospital.
ALL I HAVE TO SAY!!!
Gordon doesn’t have a history of wrecking people and bragging about it? Tell that to Kenseth!
Wow – It took 4 days for someone to finally publish a decent article on this. Thanks Jeff.
Like Thomas Bowles I see that Jeff Meyer loves to kiss nascar’s ass.
Unlike to two of you I would prefer to never see Carl Edwards be succesful in injuring or killing another driver. He’s already injured a fan. Luckily, that fan wasn’t killed.
One can only hope that in the future Edwards is only successful in injuring or killing himself. Would you and Thomas Bowles “whine” about that? I bet you would.
Not me. I’d say good riddance to a sick, demented bastard.
This whiny fan calls BS on your interpretation of BK’s move. The linked video shows the rear of Brad’s car, thus you CAN’T SEE what Brad was doing. But, in turn 4, the live TV view showed Carl turning into Brad.
It looks like your point in invalid. Maybe from your exalted position (?) on the photographer’s stand, you saw something we didn’t, but the view from my seat was a bad corner and a steroid-crazed retaliation.
Carl needs to be tested before he kills someone in a Roid-Rage. His wife’s a Dr, right?
In the Edwards/Baby Brad penalty handout, NASCAR screwed the pooch, IMHO. * Both drivers should have lost points.
Both were at fault.
But let’s enable Baby Brad to continue his irresponsible driving style……..hit the other guy hard and hand slap the baby. I’m just sick of this punk getting away with “murder” on the track and his nutzo father butting in where he doesn’t belong. I’m not an Edwards fan, so I’m not upset about his penalty.
In fact, he should be barred from racing for using his car as a weapon…..on multiple occasions.
I am however, a huge fan of equalilty in penalties. If they aren’t equal, I see no point. His father, who seems to be dancing with only one foot on the floor needs to be removed from the track and media coverage. Daddy K and for that matter any parent, doesn’t need to come running to the rescue when their precious baby boy gets in over his head. If Baby Brad is man enough to instigate, he’s old enough to remunerate in consequences. I know this won’t be a popular opinion. I don’t care. Mr. Meyer, you’re a media type and you’re just doing your job….I don’t care if I think you’re wrong on some points. We’ll just agree to disagree. As far as the folks talking about dropping your column and NASCAR, fine. If you’re gonna let yourself be driven away, then we probably don’t need you as fans anyway.
There is only one constant on the Frontstench – whatever happens, NASCAR is wrong. Bye.
Let’s take a survey.
Who is okay with what Dale Earnhardt did to Terry Labonte TWICE at Bristol and not with what Carl did? Both spun the leader in front of the whole field on the last lap.
What’s the difference?
Another blinders on column by an amateur hack ..Big Edwards fan I’m guessing…Green Lights everyone
I think Carl was just sayin’ to Bucky K, “you hit me with a hammer, I will hit you with a sledge hanmmer.” Or as someone else said “I was just rattlin’ his cage”, Carl would be a candidate for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Just sayin’
Jeff said whiny fans, not wussy fans. So calm down, he wasn’t speaking to you directly wuceefan.
Absolutely great article! So refreshing to see someone finally get it. It’s funny though, because when I first started reading the article I thought you were talking about Earnhardt vs. Waltrip at Richmond or Gordon vs Rudd at Charlotte.
great article Jeff thanks!
The fact that Earnhardt Sr. spun Terry Labonte and got away with it doesn’t make it okay today to put someone head-on into the wall. Senior is dead couresy of a head-on crash into the wall. Different circumstances, I know, but dead is dead. Naascar doesn’t need another fatality, especially at the hands of an overly aggressive driver.
Using your own theory of attributing what Jimmie Johnson said to Carl Edwards, did anyone ever tell you that actions speak louder than words?
JJ might have SAID what he said, but in reality, all he did was move Kurt Busch exactly like Kurt moved him.
Unlike your “hero” Carl Edwards who, rather than moving Brad like Brad moved him, hit him in the right rear quarterpanel and turned him head first into the wall. Lovely.
Can I understand someone SAYING they wanted to wreck someone, but their actions being that of a sane, rational human being? Yes.
Can I understand someone saying they intend to wreck someone, and then turn them on a straight, head first into a wall in retaliation for a bump in the left rear? Not in this lifetime…
One is absolutely justifiable venting, after not doing it. The other shows the impulse control of a two year old.
You people are all a bunch of damn babies…except for those defending Carl Edwards. You are all acting like it is the end of the world for Brad Keselowski. Trust me when I say this, Brad will win races and a Championship. Now, stop saying Carl is dumb, wreckless, stuipd, or whatever. Stupid idiots!!
Moooo. Just keep milking an udderly dead story. NA$CAR ruled, end of story.
I for one am now buying the article. Carl has some mental issues. As for Bette, I have season tickets at two race tracks and do my best to visit one other track every year. I also set my butt in front of the TV for all the other races. So don’t tell me I’m not a NASCAR fan. I just don’t want to see NASCAR turn into roller derby. Rubbing is racing, wrecking someone while you are experiencing some psycho rage is not. NASCAR should have put Mr. Edwards on the bench.
You don’t remember Talladega last year when the idiot (Edwards) tried to wreck Brad K. on the last lap? He was not successful and wound up getting airborne into the fence….7 fans were injured…6 with minor injuries and 1 with a broken jaw. Could have been much, much worse.
Luckily, no fans were injured this year at Atlanta when dumbass Edwards was successful in wrecking Brad K. sending him into the fence.
Brad K. is a racer. On the other hand Carl Edwards is a bonafide fool who has no business in a race car…anywhere…anytime.
Tim, you are the bonafide fool. At Talladega, Carl was trying to block Kes coming off 4, simply trying to keep his lead and hold off the other guy….just as been done a million times before by a million other racers. Carl blocked and got hooked, not on purpose by Kes, but that is just how those plate races work.
To blame Carl for those injuries just shows your lack of intelligence.
Even Carl wasn’t mad about that wreck, and he has made sure that the young lady that was seriously injured has been taken care of.
People like you crack me up. Does it hurt to be that stupid?
Exactly how did Edwards make sure the injured fan was “taken care of”?
If she had been killed and this asshole had attended the funeral I guess that would make it ok in your warped mind.
You obviously condone his actions at Atlanta also. What if someone had gotten killed there?
People like you don’t crack me up. There’s nothing funny about the serious side of this stuff. But a dumbass like you or Edwards don’t have the ability to comprehend anything rational. And that’s sad.
Tim, I never said a word about Atlanta. What Carl did there was way out of line compared to Gateway. Atlanta was simple revenge. The good thing that came out of Atlanta was the fact that nascar finally got rid of the wing, which was why the cars were so easy to get airborne, even though nascar still denies the wing was the problem to this day.
But anyway, you go on with your life and I will go on with mine. Whether you are alive or not does not affect my life one bit, just as I do not matter to you.
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